Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts

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Patapsco High School and Center For The Arts
8100 Wise Avenue
Dundalk, Maryland
Type Public Secondary
Motto Work Hard, Be Nice!
Established 1963
School district Baltimore County Public Schools
Principal Craig Reed
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,469[1]
Campus Suburban

Red, White and Blue

Mascot Patriot
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; Maryland State Department of Education

Patapsco High School and Center For The Arts is a public high school in the United States, located in Dundalk in Baltimore County, Maryland, near Baltimore.

About the School[edit]

Patapsco is located in the suburban community of Dundalk, in southeastern Baltimore County. The school boundaries include the north side of Wise Avenue, Langport Rd., Inverness Rd., and North Boundary Road. The building and adjacent fields occupy an entire city block in the Gray Haven neighborhood, just north of the West Inverness neighborhood. Built in 1963, the single-story building has a maximum capacity of 2000 students. The original students in September, 1963 included sophomores and juniors. The first graduating class was in 1965. The serving area of Patapsco borders the serving areas of Sparrows Point High School to the south and west, as well as Dundalk High School to the east. In addition, students from throughout Baltimore County may also apply to the magnet programs, which include, Visual Arts, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Theatre Tech, and Vocal Music.


The current graduation rate for the school is 89.68%.[2] Enrollment at the school is currently leveling off at just under 1500, down from a 19-year high of 1650 in 2006.[1]

Magnet Program[edit]

Patapsco incorporated a performing and visual arts magnet in 1995, and has since become a leader in the state for its programs in vocal and instrumental music, performance and technical theatre, dance, and visual art. Students are required to audition for these magnet programs the year prior to attending. Patapsco was recently one of five schools in the nation to be awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence in Arts Education. The individual programs have also won numerous awards and championships locally, regionally, and nationally.


The sports program at Patapsco High School has been led by the success of the boys' baseball team. During the 2008 baseball season they were 3A State Runners-up. After making their Cinderella run by defeating many top notch teams, they were defeated by La Plata High School at Ripken Stadium.[3]


External links[edit]

  • Patapsco High School and Center For The Arts Homepage [3]

Coordinates: 39°15′54″N 76°29′11″W / 39.26496°N 76.48652°W / 39.26496; -76.48652